Things to do in Tokyo in September - Events and Festivals

by Kenzia - TripleLights travel specialist

Have a trip planned to Tokyo this September? If you want to go a little out of the usual? Other than just visiting the major attractions and places, you might want to go to the interesting and cool festivals and events in Tokyo. Don’t know what events are there?

 

Don’t worry, keep reading and find out the cool events you can go to!

 

In this article, I’m going to share September events and festivals in Tokyo, some travel tips, and more recommendations.

Things to do in Tokyo in September - Events and Festivals

September events and festivals in Tokyo

In September, there are tons of events and festivals you can enjoy, so here are some:

 

Kichijoji Autumn Festival 2018

Like any other matsuri (festival) in Japan, people get together and crowd the streets for the Kichijoji Autumn Festival, where mikoshi (portable shrines) from neighborhoods of Kichijoji are jiggled and jostled around the streets. There are also food and games stalls around the area. Great place to taste the various different Japanese food and snacks.

Date

Early Sep 2018 (date to be determined)

Location

Kichijoji

 

Nezu Shrine Festival

This is one of the more well-known festivals since the Edo period. Like any other matsuri, it is filled with paraded mikoshi and food stalls around the shrine.

Date

Mid Sep 2018

Location

Nezu Jinja Shrine (map)

  

Setagaya Hachimangu Autumn Festival

This is one of the must go festivals in September, as you will not only get to experience the usual features of shrine festivals like mikoshi parades and food stalls but also ritual sumo on a dohyo (a ring where sumo wrestling takes place). This is great if you want to watch sumo but can’t make it to the tournament of sumo practice.

Date

Mid Sep 2018

Location

Setagaya Hachimangu Shrine (map)

 

Tokyo Game Show 2018

One of the top gaming shows in the world, it is filled with booths from all major game publishers, mobile gaming platforms, and console makers. There are also other entertainments, including one of the biggest gathering cosplayers. If you are into these things, it’s a must visit! Keep in mind it is very crowded.

Date

20th Sep–23rd Sep, 2018  10:00am – 5:00pm

*only 22nd and 23rd Sept it’s open to public

Location

Makuhari Messe (map)

Price

¥1200 on the door

¥1000 for advance sales

 

Ohara Naked Festival

Although technically not in Tokyo, the close proximity to Tokyo and the festival’s uniqueness make this an interesting event you have to see while in Tokyo. Despite the name, participants are not actually naked, more like semi-naked. This is a festival where 18 mikoshis gather at Ohara Fishing Port, and men enter the rough sea carrying mikoshi on their shoulders. Male dancers with bare chest, buttocks, and shoulders parade through the streets.

Date

23rd Sep–24th Sep 2018

Location

Ohara

 

Fukuro Festival

Being one of the largest events in the area, it takes the entire neighborhood of Ikebukuro in a festive atmosphere. The festival includes mikoshi parades, drum shows, dance shows, Hayashi festival music, lion dances and a few others.

The festival includes an opening ceremony as well as mikoshi (portable shoulder-borne shrines) parades, taiko drum shows, lion dances, Hayashi festival music, yosakoi dancing and an Okinawan Eisa Dance show.

Date

Late Sep–Early Oct 2018

Location

Ikebukuro (map)

 

Takigi Noh (Firelight Noh) at Zojoji Temple

A rare opportunity to see a live classical Japanese musical drama called Noh, with a twist. This is definitely a well worth event to experience the Japanese culture while in Tokyo!

Date

Late Sep, 2018

Location

Zojoji Temple (map) 

  

Taste of Tokyo

Things to do in Tokyo in September - Events and Festivals

Organized by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government to share the cuisine and products of Tokyo’s agricultural, forestry, and marine industries. Treat yourself with plenty of various Japanese food and drinks (sake and craft beer). There are also cooking seminars and entertainment including dance and music performances.

Date

Late Sep 2018

Location

East Promenade (Ishi to Hikari no Hiroba)- (map)

 

28th Hokkaido Fair

Visiting Japan but don’t have the chance to visit Hokkaido? You’re in luck! You can get a taste of the food of Hokkaido and even experience some of the culture. Hundreds of thousands of people came to this 4-day celebration of the food of Hokkaido. 

Date Late Sep–Early Oct 2018
Location Yoyogi Park Events Square (map)

 

Cosmos Flower Festival at Showa Kinen Park

Looking for more chance to enjoy nature in Tokyo? Showa Kinen Park is beautiful all year round, but especially during autumn where you can see a field of beautiful blooming cosmos flowers during the season. You won’t regret visiting the park. Perfect for photos.

Date

Mid Sep–Early Nov 2018

Location

Showa Kinen Park (map)

 

Other events in September

Things to do in Tokyo in September - Events and Festivals

Event

Date

Location

"The Yosakoi" Oedo Soran Festival

Early Sep 2018

Kiba Park (map)

Kitazawa Hachiman Shrine Festival

Early Sep 2018

Kitazawa Hachiman Shrine (map)

Fashion’s Night Out Tokyo 2018

Early Sep 2018

Omotesando Hills (map)

Afro American Caribbean Festa 2018

8th Sep–9th Sep 2018 11:00 am – 7:00 pm

Yoyogi Park (map)

Earth Caravan

Early Sep 2018

Kiba Park (map) 

Meguro Sanma Matsuri

Early Sep 2018

Meguro

Hibiya Oktoberfest

Early Sep 2018

Hibiya Park (map)

Nikufes

Mid Sep 2018

Komazawa Olympic Park (map)

251st Sakaki Festival

Mid Sep 2018

Ome, Tachikawa

Akasaka Hikawa Matsuri

Mid Sep 2018

Hikawa Shrine (map)

Fiesta Mexicana

Mid Sep 2018

Odaiba

Tahiti Festa 2018

Mid Sep 2018

Venus Fort (map)

Ultra Japan

Mid Sep 2018

Odaiba

Daradara Festival

11th Sep–21st Sep 2018

Shiba Daijingu (map)

Downtown Taito International Comedy Film Fest

Mid–Late Sep 2018

Kaminari 5656 Kaikan 

Philippine Festival 2018

Late Sep–Early Oct 2018

Hibiya Park (map)

Okunitama Shrine Autumn Festival/Chestnut Festival

27th Sep–28th Sep 2018 9:00 am – 9:00 pm

Ōkunitama Shrine (map)

Roppongi Art Night 2018

Late Sep–Early Oct 2018

The National Art Center Tokyo (map)

Red Spider Lily Festival

Mid Sep–Early Oct 2018

Kinchakuda (map)

Hagi (Japanese bush clover) Festival

Mid Sep–Early Oct 2018

Mukōjima-Hyakkaen Garden (map)

 

September travel tips

  • It’s rainy season in September, so be prepared by bringing your umbrella.
  • The weather in September is still quite hot with the average temperature of 27°C (80°F) at highest and 20°C (68°F) at lowest, so wear clothes accordingly.

 

Make your Tokyo trip more interesting! How?

Things to do in Tokyo in September - Events and Festivals

There are lots of events in September, and if you want to have a deeper understanding of the different festivals and make your trip more interesting, you can hire a private guide. They will be able to give you local insights of the meaning of the festivals and culture in Tokyo. You can ask your private guide for recommendations of off-the-beaten-path spots.

 

By hiring a private guide, you will also get a free itinerary made by your guide to meet your preferences and needs. You can customize them. There are still more advantages in hiring a private guide in Tokyo, including an enhancing your experience and make it more interesting.

 

Don’t know where to hire them?

The thing is that there are many places on the web offering private tours in Tokyo, or private guides. However, it’s difficult to determine whether it’s good and trustworthy website or not. That’s why I’m recommending you TripleLights website. The website offers many local tour guides and also private tour options in Tokyo, from which you can choose according to your needs and preferences.

 

Recommended tours in Tokyo

Things to do in Tokyo in September - Events and Festivals

There are so many great private tours available from the website, but one of my recommendations is Private tour as-you-like in Central Tokyo, you can choose where you want to go in Tokyo, including the festivals and events along the way!

 

Another recommended one is One day-Private Tour based on your request, where you can explore Tokyo anywhere you’d like, major spots, off-the-beaten-path ones, or even events and festivals of your choice!

 

Wait, there's more:

Here is a list of more tours in Tokyo to take into consideration to make your trip more interesting, and also you can click here for tours in other areas of Japan.

 

If you don’t prefer looking through the private tour options but prefer to find the perfect guide for you, here is a list of great tour guides in Tokyo.

 

I hope this article helps provide useful information you can use for your trip to Tokyo in September, including the events and festivals in September, travel tips, and more recommendation. Wishing you a great time in Tokyo!

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07 Mar 2018

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